Black America's economic freefall
By: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
January 8, 2010
It's amazing how white American
Christians can continue to ignore the very REAL fact of
incipient RACISM in the United States – a racism that is
still in full vigor despite the election of a black president.
The truth is, the election of Barak Obama to the presidency
is nothing more than a subterfuge perpetrated by the elite
establishment on Americans as a whole which portrays the
ascendancy of a few blacks economically and politically
as the "norm," while ignoring the blatant racism still being
practiced against the great majority of blacks in this country.
We URGE you to see our articles on this subject,
the Depravity of the Elites: Pacifying the Poor through
Drug Addiction," "Racism
and Right-Wing Christianity;" also "The
Utility of Police Brutality in the Elite's War against the
Poor" and "A Second
Illusion Broken: That Obama's Victory Is a Precursor to
Racial Harmony in the United States."]
THE AMERICAN economy has gone through what has been
called the Great Recession. But the crisis in Black communities across the
U.S. constitutes an outright depression ...
Unemployment has reached catastrophic levels in Black
communities. The numbers are staggering. Official African American unemployment
was 15.6 percent in November 2009, compared to an overall national rate 10
percent - and those statistics leave out workers who have been forced into
part-time jobs because they couldn't find full-time work, or who have been
pushed out of the workforce altogether.
NOTE FROM ANTIPAS:
A simple way to understand the REAL unemployment rate is to double
the "official" figure put out by the government. [Please
see our article, "A
Permanent 30% Unemployment Rate for the Country;"
this article differentiates between what the government
calls its "U3 Report" and its "U6 Report."]
For young African Americans, male and female, aged
16 to 29, joblessness is as high as 30 percent [which translated into REAL
terms is 60%], according to the Washington Post. According to one report,
between 2006 and 2009, more than 6 percent of Black men have lost their jobs--in
real numbers, that adds up to the disappearance of more than 489,000 jobs.
Unemployment among Black women 20 and older has risen
by more than 4 percentage points since the beginning of the recession, bringing
their total unemployment rate up to more than 11 percent [22% in REAL
terms] --which is 75 percent higher than for white women in the same age range.
The overview of unemployment doesn't begin to convey
the extent of the jobs crisis in Black America. Officially, the nation's highest
unemployment rate is in Detroit, which is 83 percent Black--joblessness is
a staggering 28 percent [56% in REAL terms]. Unemployment on the mostly
Black South and West Sides of Chicago comes in second at 22 percent [44% in
REAL terms]. The top 10 areas in the country where unemployment is
concentrated include Black neighborhoods in Toledo, Ohio; Atlanta; and St.
But a study conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
shows that the jobs desert for African Americans is more severe than the official
The study found Black male unemployment for men aged
16 to 64 to be unprecedented and overwhelming. Buffalo had the highest percentage
of Black men either unemployed or permanently out of the labor force at 52
percent [which, being translated in REAL terms, means almost total
unemployment for this category]. That was followed by Milwaukee at 47 percent
[again, almost total unemployment for this category] and Chicago at 43 percent
[ditto]. Among 35 major metropolitan areas, African Americans had the "lowest"
unemployment in Washington, D.C. at 27 percent. In most of those 35 cities,
Black unemployment hovered somewhere between 30 and 35 percent [i.e., 60 and
70 percent respectively].
The problem is not just an issue of not having a
job. The loss of jobs in Black communities is exacerbating social disparities
that have historically caused a lesser quality of life for African Americans.
For example, the rapid loss of jobs means that greater
numbers of African Americans are losing their health care, which will only
worsen disparities around health care between Blacks and whites that already
exist ... With Black unemployment growing steadily today, the numbers of the
Black uninsured are sure to rise.
Unemployment also impacts rising levels of poverty
in Black communities. A recent report found that 90 percent of Black children
are part of families that will use food stamps by the time they are 20 years
old. All told, 40 percent of Black children live in poverty, according the
government's official statistics. According to the census, a full quarter
of African Americans were living in poverty in 2007--two years before the
unemployment crisis in Black America.
While foreclosures are not tracked by race, the number
of Black homeowners who face the threat of losing their homes is believed
to be twice that of whites. A study conducted by the Woodstock Institute in
Chicago found an 18 percent jump in foreclosures across the city in 2008,
but most were concentrated in African American neighborhoods like Englewood
and West Englewood. In these two neighborhoods alone, there were 725 foreclosures
in a nine-month period.
Activists march in the May 1, 2008, demonstration in Detroit
The Woodstock Institute has found that for every
one home foreclosure on a given block. the value
of the remaining homes decrease by 1 percent. Thus, the heavy concentration
of home foreclosures in African American neighborhoods is rapidly destroying
the value and worth of the remaining homes in the neighborhood.
According to the Center for Responsible Lending,
53 percent of African Americans who bought homes in 2006 have already lost
or will lose their homes to foreclosure in the next few years, compared to
22 percent of white borrowers facing foreclosure.
THERE HAVE been many explanations offered for the
job disparities between African Americans and whites during this recession.
Some focus on education and training as the main problem with the employability
of African Americans ...
There are certainly elements of both explanations
that are true. But the larger issue in the overwhelming way the recession
is impacting Black America has to do with racism. It's amazing the lengths
to which politicians will go to avoid mentioning race and racism as factors
in the ever swelling number of Black employed ...
But why not talk about race? It's not that some Blacks--for
example, undereducated African Americans--are losing all the jobs while others
are doing well. According to the New York Times, college-educated African
Americans are twice as likely to be unemployed as college-educated whites.
In every head-to-head comparison between Black and
white workers--workers without high school diplomas, male workers, female
workers or teenage workers--African American workers consistently do worse.
Several studies conducted over the last decade confirm
that race remains a factor in whether or not employers hire African American
A report several years ago in the American Economic
Review, titled "Are Emily and Greg More Employable than Lakisha and
Jamal?" found that applicants with Black-sounding names received 50 percent
fewer callbacks than those with white-sounding names. Sociologists Devah
Pager and Bruce Western found that white men with a criminal record were more
likely to be called back for a job than Black men with no criminal record
In a study conducted last year by the Journal
of Labor Economics found that Latino, Asian and white managers are more
likely to hire white workers than African American workers. The study, which
was based on hiring patterns at a national department store chain, found that
when Black managers were replaced with a non-Black, the number of new Black
hires declined from 21 percent to 17 percent, and the number of white hires
increased from 60 to 64 percent. In a typical Southern store, the numbers
were even more stark--the removal of Black managers
resulted in new Black hires dropping from 29 percent to 21 percent.
Moreover, if politicians and pundits are going to
blame education and training for part of the unemployment disparities, then
they should admit that those factors also reflect racism in American society
IT'S TRUE that the recession is having a devastating
impact on all workers--Black, white and Latino. It's also true that while
the U.S. government has the resources to create new jobs through work programs
and infuse hundreds of billions of dollars into the American economy to lift
up all workers, the administration instead chose to give away a trillion dollars
to the bankers that crashed the economy in the first place.
The result has been millions of dollars in bonuses
for Wall Street bosses and peanuts for the working class, in the form of a
few extra dollars here to expand unemployment benefits and a few extra dollars
there for more food stamp usage ...
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